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us title: The French Sex Murders
italian title: Casa d'appuntamento
year: 1972
director: Ferdinando Merighi
composer: Bruno Nicolai
full details: IMDB
overall score: 83

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

WARNING: Spoilers Below

score analysis

The French Sex Murders is a classic Giallo that falls head first into the "so bad it's good" category. The film features an urban French landscape, an abundance of female flesh, a police inspector who is purposely made up to look like Humphrey Bogart, a few crazily laughable murder sequences, and some of the worst English dubbing ever. Genre favorites Barbara Bouchet and Rosalba Neri have only minor parts in the film, but seeing their names on the credit list is enough to spark the interest of most Giallo fans.

The film registers high marks on the score for the inclusion of many of the genre's tropes and it is only because of the exclusion of the amateur detective and Ferdinando Merighi "one-and-done" status as a Giallo director that keep the film out of the 90s. 

Fans of the genre looking for production values on the level of Bird with the Crystal Plumage or What Have You Done to Solange? might find themselves disappointed, but if you're a fan of Strip Nude for Your Killer this film will be right up your alley. Just be sure to pour a tall glass of J&B before you sit down to watch.

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score breakdown

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Staples : 50/60
Italian Director10 points
Hidden Identity10 points
Black Gloves5 points
Classic Period (1970 - 1975)5 points
Motivation: Psychological Trauma/Revenge10 points
Avoid Capture: Acciental Death/Suicide10 points
Standards : 23/30
Body Count >= 34 points
Flashback Revelation3 points
Mistaken Identity2 points
Morricone/Nicolai/Ortolani3 points
Nude Scene >= 13 points
Suspects >= 34 points
Urban Location4 points
Signatures : 10/10
Attend Funeral1 point
Car or Motorcycle Racing1 point
Chase scene1 point
J&B1 point
Odd Clue1 point
Pathologist1 point
Photography/Glamor/Modeling/Art1 point
Pseudoscience1 point
Spiral Stairs1 point
Visual Misinterpretation1 point
Total Points : 83/100



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Published: 2016-07-12